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NH: Kayak Tours of Great Bay Offered at Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland

GREENLAND, N.H. — Experience New Hampshire’s Great Bay Estuary
by kayak this summer, guided by staff of the Great Bay National
Estuarine Research Reserve. Upcoming kayak tours offer a chance to
enjoy the rich ecological diversity and fascinating cultural
history of the estuary as you paddle the tides and currents of
Great Bay.

The 3-4 hour tours take place in the tidal waters of Great Bay.
All trips except Striper Fishing begin and end at the Great Bay
Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H. All safety
equipment, kayaks and basic instruction are provided (except bring
your own boat and gear for striper fishing). Participants learn
proper entry and exit of the kayak, basic paddling techniques and
how to do a “wet exit” (practiced on dry land).

No experience is necessary, however, be aware that kayaking is
moderate to vigorous activity, and you will spend approximately 2.5
hours on the water. You must be at least 18 years of age to
participate. Because our trips are very popular, please sign up for
no more than one trip per summer. You may ask to be put on a wait
list for another trip.

Costs are as follows: $15 if you bring your own boat; if you do
not bring your own boat, the tours are $35 ($25 for Great Bay
Stewards members). For the Kayak Fishing for Stripers trip, please
see description of costs in listing below. Checks should be made
payable to: Great Bay Stewards/Kayak Trips, 89 Depot Road,
Greenland, NH, 03840.

For more information or to register, call Education Coordinator
Kelle Loughlin at the Great Bay Discovery Center at (603)

Following is the schedule of tours:

Kayak Fishing for Stripers (bring your own boat and gear):
Friday, June 17, 2011, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. — Learn how to fish
for striped bass from your kayak. Led by Maine and N.H. Fishing
Guide Hope Eagleson and N.H. Fishing Guide Mike Ivone, this session
begins at the Odiorne Point Boat Launch in Rye, N.H. Costs include
a $25 class fee, $4 parking fee at the launch site, and you must
have a 2011 N.H. saltwater recreational fishing license ($16),
available at or from any Fish and Game license
agent. To sign up, call 603-778-0015 and ask for Kelle Loughlin or
Shannon O’Brien. Discussion includes rigging your kayak, spin
fishing and fly fishing tactics, reading water and understanding
how tidal movement plays a role. Participants are required to bring
their own kayak, paddle, personal floatation device and fishing
gear. Rating: Moderate.

Salt Marsh Exploration: Friday, June 24, 2011, from 4:00 – 8:00
p.m. — Like cordgrass, this trip is a perennial favorite! Trip
begins with a paddle along the southwestern edge of Great Bay, past
tall stands of spartina grass and over waving beds of eelgrass.
Listen for the calls of salt marsh sparrows, watch osprey dive for
fish, and possibly catch a glimpse of a majestic bald eagle. Paddle
under the Squamscott River train trestle and into a hidden creek.
Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the area on
this gentle paddle. Rating: EASY

Nitrogen in Great Bay: Friday, July 22, 2011, from 4:00 – 8:00
p.m. — Many different factors influence the health of Great Bay;
one of them is nitrogen. Explore the waters of the bay by kayak to
learn about and observe both the positive and negative roles
nitrogen plays in the ecosystem. Examine eelgrass, sample the water
and learn how scientists study the water quality of this and other
estuaries around the nation. Rating: EASY

Wildlife of Great Bay: Friday, August 5, 2011, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
— Explore the unique animals that call Great Bay home. What bird
can dive at speeds up to 80 mph? Which animal can filter up to 20
gallons of water a day? Which animal dresses in velvet each fall?
Paddle the edges and open water of the bay and discover what unique
adaptations these creatures have. Rating: EASY

Sunset Birding – Friday, August 19, 2011, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a leisurely paddle from Sandy Point into the mouth of the
Squamscott River. Along the way, look and listen for signs of birds
that call Great Bay home during the summer, such as osprey, bald
eagles, salt marsh sparrows, harriers, yellowlegs and many more. We
will provide identification cards, field guides and binoculars, or
bring your own. Rating: EASY

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a
cooperative federal-state partnership between the N.H. Fish and
Game Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. Visit


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